This Day in Texas History: Day Five of the Siege of the Alamo
This Day in Texas History:
Day Five of the Siege of the Alamo
Saturday February 27, 1836
The fifth day of the siege was again cold with temperatures ranging in the 30s.
Having exhausted their own supplies, the Mexicans pillaged Bexar of foodstuffs and perishables. When they in turn depleted these, they sent troops to nearby ranchos to forage livestock and corn.
In a decisive move, the Mexicans cut off the eastern acequia’s water supply at its source: the San Antonio River. Not only did this end the minor skirmishes that had taken place from the beginning of the siege; it essentially eliminated the defender’s major source of water.
The Matamoros battalion began work on trenches to the South of the Alamo compound. These entrenchments did not pass Santa Anna’s inspection and so he ordered his men to dig new entrenchments closer to the Alamo under the direct supervision of General Amador.
Throughout the day, the Texians maintained constant fire on the Mexican work party. According to General Filisola, the Texians were seen working frantically on their own ditch inside the parapet of the cattle pen. This effort later proved fruitless and was harmful to the Alamo’s defense by undermining the walls, essentially removing any walkway the defenders might have had exposing them to Mexican fire.
General Gaona received Santa Anna’s letter of the 25th requesting him to send three battalions as quickly as possible. Gaona immediately complied, yet failed to forward any heavy siege guns because Santa Anna neglected to include this request in his dispatch.
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